Some bold new ideas for BNP

January 15, 2014
Shafquat Rabbee
Some bold new ideas for BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) needs a few grand and revolutionary ideas, which do not involve street protests
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 81 Comments »

Can the Awami League prevail?

October 26, 2013
Shafquat Rabbee
Can the Awami League prevail?

Based on the ground realities, it is now quite fair to predict that in the “most likely” scenario, the ruling Awami League government will have to handover the stewardship of the nation to another set of players
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 76 Comments »

The Reshma scandal: Disaster on top of a disaster?

July 2, 2013
Shafquat Rabbee
The Reshma scandal: Disaster on top of a disaster?

Bangladesh just had one of its worst days in the international press after the British tabloid Daily Mirror claimed that the rescue operation of the “miracle girl” Reshma
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Reduction of internet speed is digital tyranny

May 18, 2013
Shafquat Rabbee
Reduction of internet speed is digital tyranny

After seeing one key editor jailed, several bloggers arrested, and two TV channels shutdown, Bangladesh is now witnessing the unfolding of another round of thought-censorship.
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Posted in Freedom of expression, Technology, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Shahbagh taking inconvenient turns

April 1, 2013
Shafquat Rabbee
Shahbagh taking inconvenient turns

After several weeks of existence, the divide between pro and anti-Shahbagh forces are finally being solidified. Troops are trenching in, battle lines are being clearly drawn. Rightly or wrongly
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Let not the political money-men ruin our cricket

April 1, 2012
Shafquat Rabbee
Let not the political money-men ruin our cricket

A few specific bosses of Bangladeshi cricket are now in tough waters. Tamim Iqbal’s four fingers, raised sequentially in live TV during the Asia Cup final, were equal to multiple pokes on someone’s eyes.
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Posted in Cricket, Sport | 14 Comments »

Should the state dictate how to speak and use Bangla?

February 28, 2012
Shafquat Rabbee
Should the state dictate how to speak and use Bangla?

Some folks with love for Bangla and power in hand are passing busy days in Bangladesh. The honourable prime minister has just confirmed that it will be mandatory for all “basic cellular phones” to have Bangla keyboards.
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Posted in Education, Language, Law and Justice, Lifestyle | 14 Comments »

Bollywoody movies in Dhaliwood theatres

February 1, 2012
Shafquat Rabbee
Bollywoody movies in Dhaliwood theatres

It is now court-validated and official that the Bangladeshi cinema halls can start screening Indian movies after a 40-year-old ban was lifted recently. For starters, there will be about twelve 12 movies screened per year.
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Curious case of free speech in Bangladesh

January 16, 2012
Shafquat Rabbee
Curious case of free speech in Bangladesh

One after another curiosity-arousing stories on Bangladesh’s current state of free-speech kept on coming in the recent months. There was news where we learnt about editors of websites and newspapers being summoned by authorities.
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Posted in Democracy, Human Rights, Media | 16 Comments »

On the push towards censorship on social media

December 7, 2011
Shafquat Rabbee
On the push towards censorship on social media

Recently, the so-called “social media” has created quite a bit of trouble for various governments across the globe. The still on-going “Arab Spring” in the Middle East and the “Occupy Movements” around the world are testament to such “trouble” created and nurtured by the social media.
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Grameen Phone vs. BTRC: Let’s make sure it’s not another witch hunt

October 30, 2011
Shafquat Rabbee
Grameen Phone vs. BTRC: Let’s make sure it’s not another witch hunt

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and Grameen Phone’s owner Telenor are currently engaged in a hostile legal wrangling over BTRC’s demand for Tk 30 billion ($400 USD) in unpaid taxes and fees from GP.
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On transit: The shortest route should not be the “free-est”

September 21, 2011
Shafquat Rabbee
On transit: The shortest route should not be the “free-est”

Indian mainland wants to utilise the shortest route to access its eastern “Seven Sister” states via Bangladesh. The desire for the shortest route gave birth to relentless pressure on successive Bangladeshi governments to provide transit facilities.
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On The Economist articles: The good, bad, and ugly

August 21, 2011
Shafquat Rabbee
On The Economist articles: The good, bad, and ugly

Global news magazine The Economist ran multiple pieces on Bangladesh in recent weeks both on its print and online editions. The key talking points of the write-ups were the current Awami League government, its relationship with India, and its acrimony with the opposition party BNP.
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